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PeopleSoft and Microsoft Deliver Internet Business Solutions

PeopleSoft and Microsoft Team to Deliver Internet Business Solutions

PeopleSoft Business Network to Feature Enterprise Portal and Community Applications Built on Microsoft Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, California. March 04, 1999.

PeopleSoft Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced that PeopleSoft has selected Microsoft technologies and standards to develop key elements of the PeopleSoft Business Network (PSBN), including PSBN's role-based Enterprise Portal and a series of Community Applications. PSBN is an electronic business network, a new class of Internet business solution that will deliver a broad range of relevant information, including applications and content, to a large number of end users through an Enterprise Portal. Announced in November 1998 and scheduled for availability later this year, PSBN is designed to dramatically increase the productivity, effectiveness and satisfaction of every individual within an organization.

The two companies also today announced that Microsoft plans to provide development guidance for the PSBN initiative based on current and future versions of the Microsoft Commerce Platform. PeopleSoft plans to collaborate with Microsoft on the new Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based BizTalk framework for application integration and e-commerce. "We selected Microsoft because our two companies share a vision of the future, a great track record of mutual success and a common commitment to making our customers successful. Microsoft's technologies for e-commerce provide a solid foundation for the PeopleSoft Business Network Enterprise Portal and Community Applications," said Tom Glassanos, president of PeopleSoft Business Network Workplace Solutions. "We anticipate that PSBN will become the primary place where people go to get work done. PSBN will offer people all the information and tools they need to contribute to the success of their organizations in the Internet economy."

PeopleSoft plans to use a broad range of Microsoft products and technologies in the development of the PSBN Enterprise Portal and Community Applications, including the Microsoft Windows NT Server operating system, Microsoft SQL Server(TM), Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition and Microsoft Exchange. PSBN also intends to use underlying technologies and tools such as Internet Information Server (IIS), Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS), Microsoft Message Queue Server and the Visual InterDev(TM) Web development system.

"PSBN offers a truly compelling vision for the next stage in enterprise computing, the electronic business network," said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft. "PeopleSoft's selection of Microsoft as a key contributor in developing PSBN demonstrates our shared commitment to helping customers compete and thrive in the Internet economy."

Microsoft will contribute to PSBN's development effort by providing key Internet business products and technology platforms and establishing a project team that will offer technical guidance and training on specific Microsoft products. Microsoft will create a laboratory to facilitate feedback about and performance testing of the PSBN solution on new and future Microsoft technology platforms. To expedite the development of PSBN, PeopleSoft will designate a dedicated program manager and share technical information with Microsoft. The two companies will work together to promote the development and acceptance of industry standards in support of electronic business networks and enterprise portals.

About PeopleSoft Business Network

PSBN is an electronic business network, a new class of Internet business solution that combines a set of role-based Community Applications with internal and external content, all delivered through an Enterprise Portal. PSBN gives people both the information they need and the ability to act on it, dramatically increasing the productivity, effectiveness and satisfaction of every individual within an organization. The PSBN Enterprise Portal supports the convergence of transactional, analytic, knowledge and collaborative content, as well as its relevance to individual users based on the various roles they play on a daily basis. The PSBN Community Applications, designed to support the activities and information requirements of specific groups and teams within organizations, will include functionality for such enterprise communities as Procurement, Benefits and Travel & Expense. PSBN gives end users access to the wealth of transactional information residing on PeopleSoft's proven enterprise backbone, which provides transaction management and information for business-critical functions including financial accounting, supply-chain management, manufacturing, student administration and human resources.

About PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft is a global supplier of enterprise application software for business, education and government. PeopleSoft solutions for enterprise performance management, manufacturing, supply chain, financial, project and human resource management are used by more than 2,900 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., PeopleSoft employs more than 6,600 people and had 1998 revenues of $1.3 billion. PeopleSoft is on the World Wide Web at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

NOTE: Microsoft, Windows NT and Visual InterDev are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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